It’s interesting how there are, what appear to be, exactly 9 clues between the words ‘begin’ and ‘cease’.
Are the 9 Clues the ones between Begin and Cease?
Of course, we won’t know for sure until someone actually finds the treasure, but it seems to be at the very least plausible.
Or, another possibility... If the treasure’s puzzle is multi-faceted, for instance, if it first describes a journey to a starting-point, and then the very same poem / clues describe your journey from that starting-point to the treasure, there’s the possibility that there are three different sets of clues:
Some time in the middle of 2010, wealthy author/collector/archaeologist Forrest Fenn hid a medieval chest filled with gold coins and other valuable artefacts somewhere in the Rocky Mountains for anyone to go and retrieve. He wrote a book called ‘The Thrill of the Chase’, in which he hid clues to help people find the treasure.
Inside the book is a poem which secretly encodes the whereabouts of this treasure chest. If you can solve the puzzle, you can go and collect hundreds of thousands of dollars (if not well over a million) right now!
But, hold your horses! It’s not that easy. Thousands upon thousands of people have tried - with absolutely no luck whatsoever!
Fortunately for you, we’re here to help guide you right to Fenn’s gold!
Alternately, there could be 9 clues between BEGIN and END:
Like always with this bloody poem, wherever you look, things seem to fit beautifully. But, you know with absolute certainty that every possibility but one is completely and utterly wrong. All these beautiful solutions that fit so well, are just plain wrong.
Adding fuel to the fire is the fact that Forrest has seemed to imply that ‘Begin it’ is actually where you begin your journey. That it’s the first clue.
But, then, what does that make of the First Stanza?
The 9 clues might be the present-tense parts of the poem only (or the past-tense parts only).
Or the one’s referring to ‘you’ only.
The ones referring to ‘I’ only.
The poem either encodes the location of the treasure (with 9 clues pointing to that location) - or it’s more like a road-map that describes your journey to the treasure using 9 clues.
If there are multiple sets of 9 clues, then the BEGIN ---> CEASE hypothesis holds water. But, if not…
So, we’re going to go with questionable for now.
|As I Have Gone Alone In There|
|Keep My Secret|
|A Hint of Riches New & Old|
|Where Warm Waters Halt|
|Take It In The Canyon Down|
|Not Far, But Too Far To Walk|
|The Home of Brown|
|No Place For The Meek|
|The End is Ever Drawing Nigh...|
|No Paddle Up Your Creek|
|Heavy Loads & Water High|
|Tarry Scant with Marvel Gaze|
|Weak and Tired|
|Hear Me All and Listen Good|
|Worth the Cold|
|Brave and in the Wood|
|Title to the Gold|
|The Nine Clues|
|The Put-In Below the Home of (Joe) Brown|
|The Lamar Ranger Station|
|Is the Fenn Treasure in Montana?|
|Begin & Cease|
|Kirwin the Frog|
|Art and the Treasure|